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Posted on 2004-10-01
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i have to create an application like the window explorer in vb.net. I need to display the contents in the tiles, lists, icons and detail form inside the FORM.
well i am kind of stuck here i could fiqure out which control to use So that when Title option is selected in view menu then the data is displayed in form of tiles and vice versa for the list, icon and detail display as in win explorer.....

if i use lists control then i could not display the tiles in it ......and in detail format i have to display the data in the grid form

if any one could solve this prob for me i would be extremely thankful

zari
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unfortunately...ms has no good components for what you are looking for.

you can check this out, in vb.net, goto Tools --> Add/Remove Toolbox Items.

There you will find a couple components not selected.  The three that revolve around what you want to do are named

DirListBox
DriveListBox
FileListBox

select those, put them in a form, and play around with them.  i think youll find they are really basic and pretty much just crap.

what youre looking for, is here

www.ssware.com

unfortunately, what you want to do requires a purchased component.  and trust me, ive scoured the net....i think there is some source code on devx.com, but its not a whole lot better than the ms components mentioned earlier.

~b
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well... actually i am developing an application basically for learning purpose ..... i have to implement different views ... but i just wanna know a little hit how ....

i am actually newbie to vb.net but i have programmed tree controls and stuff like that in vc++

the site u reffer contain cool stuff but they r far too expensive and i donot wanna bye rather build it my self


so pls refer me some site which may contain not a good ms control but good for learning pt of view ...  
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here is the question that i initially asked.  the links on there have a treeview folderbrowser (with limited functionality)  

as far as the other two controls, ive never seen anything on the net like what they have at ssware.com (even very limited versions)

if all else fails, a cool thing about vb.net is that you can create your own controls, so its not out of the question to create your own which could inherit the three ms-contols that i mentioned above.

heres the link

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20989823.html

~b

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okay .. i will try that out .... but one thing i wanna ask if i have to use 3 different controls depending uopn the option selected... to do this i have to dynamically create the control ...because all 3 have to appear at the same place ...so i cannot put them at design time
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what your about to do is totally feasable, but let me tell you, its giong to be a long road.  

as far as having them all at the same directory, you could just do a refresh to the others when one is changed....just simple code inthe afterupdate() event handler.

the trouble you are gonig to come across is representing the file structure, and icons.

i spent many of hours figuring out how to pull small and large icons..depending on different issues.

best of luck on this project...if your interested i have a class which extracts icons i can paste

~b
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ya pls ... if u can.. than do give me the extract icon code
thanx
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